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Exceptional Imaging Capabilities
Finding a radiography system that caters to the Triangle of Benefit
Kenneth Magid, DDS, FICD
Figure 1 | Over the years, Dr. Terry Myers’ “Triangle of Benefit” has been an integral philosophy in my practice. As the father of lasers in dentistry, Dr. Myers’ taught that the patient stands at the top of the triangle, the practice stands in the middle, and the dentist serves as the base. The DEXIS™ radiography system caters to all three of these priorities, and offers more benefits than any other radiography system I have used.
The DEXIS™ Platinum sensor and software combine to produce exceptionally clear images. Image enhancement algorithms, such as ClearVu™, enhance image sharpness when needed. In my practice, I use ClearVu to look for proximal decay, fractures, or to trace the periodontal ligament, but when I need to look at bone, I switch it off to see all the greyscales. Image quality must be reliable and repeatable, and this system produces sharp images over a wider range of exposures to capture high-quality x-rays at lower radiation doses.
This dynamic range is a big part of consistent image quality, and tube head position plays an important role in this aspect. If I get a sharp, clear image when the tube head is close to the patient’s face, and then one of my team members or I inadvertently move the tube head a bit farther away, the sensor receives considerably less radiation. With the dynamic range of the Platinum sensor, I still get a diagnostically acceptable image. This feature becomes significant when I want to use a lower radiation dose, but I also get a perfect x-ray independent of tube position within reasonable limits.
Image quality is also extremely important for patient communication. My office has screens in front of patients for x-ray display. This facilitates co-diagnosis so the patient fully understands the problem and is actively involved in finding the best treatment. Also, the manner in which images are displayed increases my efficiency. The DEXIS system intuitively displays all images, even from different years, on the same screen with the same contrast and brightness. Many of the competing systems use templates, making it difficult and cumbersome to constantly switch between different screens for my historical comparisons.
For x-ray capture, the DEXIS system—from its single-size sensor design to its thoughtfully crafted software—is efficient, fast, and easy. A full series of x-rays can be captured in 5 minutes. After trying many radiography systems on the market, DEXIS is still my system of choice for the benefit of the patient, practice, and dentist.
About the Author
Kenneth Magid, DDS, FICD, is an associate clinical professor and director of Pre-Doctoral Laser Dentistry at NYU College of Dentistry. Dr. Magid lectures throughout the US and Canada and has contributed to many journals and newsletters. He has helped develop and patent many devices in dentistry and is co-founder and past vice president of Kinetic Instruments Inc. Dr. Magid maintains a private practice in general dentistry with an emphasis on high technology and cosmetics in Westchester, New York.
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